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HPS203 - Cognitive Psychology A

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Enrolment modes:(B, G, W, X)
Credit point(s):1
Offerings: Trimester 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

S Sharman (B)

Prerequisite:HPS111 and HPS121
Incompatible with: HPS673, HPS773
Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour seminar per fortnight, 1 x 1.5 hour online lecture per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per fortnight

Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.

Content

This unit presents a broad coverage of theories proposed by psychologists to explain the processes by which humans acquire, store, communicate, and use knowledge or information; the various research methods used by psychologists to study these processes; and some classic experimental findings in cognitive psychology which are the cornerstones of these theories. Topics covered in the unit include pattern recognition, attention, memory, text comprehension, reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving. These topics are treated within an information-processing approach to human cognition.

Assessment

Examination (2 hours) 60%, assignment (1200 words) 30%, activity worksheets 10%

Prescribed texts

Reisberg, D. (2010). Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind (4th ed.). New York: Norton.

Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.

Recommended texts

Burton, L. J. (2010). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in Psychology (3rd ed.). Queensland: Wiley.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Student Contribution Rate***Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students
$706$706$706$2542$2714

* Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2010
** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2009
*** Student contribution rate for Commonwealth Supported students who commenced studies from 2008
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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